Russia’s Kofanova breaks women’s 800m World record
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Russia’s Kofanova breaks women’s 800m World record

19 Jun, 01:23 PM

Russia's Yelena Kofanova ran the fastest women's 800m in the world this year when she clocked 1:59.09 at the Russian Under-23 Championships in Kazan on Wednesday.

The Championships are the basis of the selectors' choice for the Russian team at the 2009 European Athletics Under-23 Championships, which will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, July 16-19.

The 20-year-old Muscovite has made great strides forward in her two races, as she failed to qualify for the 2007 European Athletics Junior Championships. She has already sliced nearly three seconds off her previous best since the start of the summer.

Among the other impressive marks on the first day of the Championships were the 2008 World Junior 110m Hurdles gold medallist, Konstantin Shabanov, who improved his personal best over the senior barriers to 13.77.

Sprinter Yekaterina Yefimova, who doesn't turn 20 until June 28, sped to a 200m in 23 seconds. She took more than half-a-second off her previous best and sent out a warning to better known names, like Ukraine's Yelizaveta Bryzhina who won the 2007 European Juniors silver medal and who has run the fastest Under-23 time of the summer, that they should take her into account when the gun goes off in Kaunas.

Reigning European Junior 5000m champion Natalya Popkova, now 20, ran an impressive 32:46.94 in her first ever competitive 10,000m, to take the national title by over a minute from her nearest rival and also clock the fastest time for a European Under-23 athlete this summer.

Popkova is also the fastest European Under-23 over 5000m this year, having run 15:13.68 at the Kuts Memorial meeting in Moscow on June 6.

Yekaterina Shtepa won the 100m Hurdles with 13.22 seconds, the fourth fastest time in the Under-23 rankings this year, the 2006 World Junior champion just holding off Galina Ivanchencko, who ran 13.29.

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